Prospect Research Analyst - The University of Saskatchewan

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The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: University Relations
Location: Saskatoon
Status: 36 month term with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent
Employment Group: ASPA
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $62,850.00 - 98,205.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 2). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 7/23/2019
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings: 1

PRIMARY PURPOSE: To generate, manage and analyze strategic information within a comprehensive research program that supports the university’s objectives related to Alumni Relations, Development, Government Relations and Strategic Communications. To act as a primary liaison for a portfolio of University Relations partners, ensuring delivery of research and consultation that meets their needs.

NATURE OF WORK: The Prospect Research Analyst is a member of the Research and Pipeline team, and reports to the Manager, Research and Pipeline within the Operations and Services department and will be a member of various University Relations work groups and committees that deal with prospect, fundraising, engagement and information management strategies. The Analyst works collaboratively and in a consultative manner with a wide variety of stakeholders including staff across the University Relations team, (College or Centrally based) the President’s Office and other administration to support the university’s advancement objectives.

 One of the analyst’s major roles is to assist in identifying opportunities for philanthropic support. The Analyst will verify, compile, analyze, and present data/research on gift prospects; produce in-depth individual, corporate, and foundation profiles and event briefing notes; acquire and analyze financial information; identify new potential philanthropy through proactive research; identify and maintain research resources; work closely with the records team to gather and update data, and provide coaching and support on aspects of the database system that relate directly to prospect information and updates.

 In addition, the analyst’s role supports engagement and outreach initiatives by providing research support, acquisition and analysis support of information related to alumni engagement, as well as market research activities of University Relations (UR). These include research on activities to improve the programs currently supported by UR or to support decisions on program creation or dissolution.

The environment is complex and fast-paced with numerous competing deadlines. The consequences of error or sub-standard work are significant as they have the potential to negatively the philanthropic support or reputation of the university.

University Relations is responsible for institutional advancement programs (alumni relations, development, government relations, strategic communications), and as such is dedicated to supporting the related needs of all colleges, units and the university as a whole. University Relations is comprised of specialized teams that work together in an integrated model to ensure that the University of Saskatchewan has the reputation, relationships and resources necessary to take its place among the most distinguished universities in Canada and the world.

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.  In support of this priority, this position will contribute in a team environment which recognizes and supports the importance and value of diversity in achieving the mission of the University, and actively seek out those with diverse cultural backgrounds, perspective and experiences to support the mission.

The position will display a knowledge and commitment to the University Relations mission, and its guiding principles that include:

Creative: We embrace change and take strategic risks by seeking bold ideas with curiosity and enthusiasm.

Open: We nurture relationships with each other, on campus and with community partners that respect and honour different and diverse perspectives.

True: We communicate clearly, keep our promises and focus on achieving amazing results.


  • Participate in career engagement planning including developing goals and objectives, detailed research strategies and timelines and meeting agreed metrics.
  •  Systematically identify prospective major gift donors:
    • Utilize tools and techniques such as data-mining and publication review.
    • Provide feedback and potential opportunities to identify other major gift sources based on trends and economic climate.
    • Develop and execute strategies to ensure that newly identified prospects are presented and assigned to appropriate campus relationship managers in a timely manner.
  • Develop, maintain, and update information on new and existing major gift prospective donors, alumni, volunteers and friends:
    • Efficiently monitor a core group of key stakeholders, maintain an active awareness of the important industry, business and financial news. Communicate relevant information to key parties in a manner that guides decision-making.
    • Using a variety of electronic and print resources, verify and synthesize information on prospects to produce clear profiles of their background, career, financial capacity, philanthropic interests, and nature of their relationship with the university. Determine the focus and depth of research needed to complete an accurate and useful profile document.
    • Acquire and analyze financial indicators of wealth to assess philanthropic capacity and analyze geographic and industrial constituencies to identify, rate, screen and track prospective donors.
    • Ensure that legislated and university fundraising and confidentiality guidelines are communicated and adhered to with regards to information stored in the database and paper files.
    • Upload the highest ethical standards relating to collection of data and protection of privacy.
    • Support data integrity by updating data within system.
  • Act as a liaison to a portfolio of partners including relationship managers and other unit leaders:
  • Meet regularly on projects and research needs.
  • Review all contact reports and correspondence and debrief with the development officers for information updates and prospect identification leads.
  • Collaborate and consult on matters related to relationship manager portfolio as well as qualification, cultivation and solicitation strategy formulation.
  • Provide consultative services and orientation sessions on research methodologies and resources to UR partners.
  • Ensure principles of relationship management framework are adhered to and provide feedback to Managers where necessary.
  • Support trip, visit and event preparation related to prospective donors and other key stakeholders:
    • Collaborate with relationship managers to proactively suggest/recommend visits with potential major donors.
    • Prepare necessary documentation for visits.
    • Consult with senior administration, college and University Relations staff on guest lists for upcoming events. Coordinate briefing notes, executive notes, and profiles as required.
    • Conduct reputational analysis to help protect the image and reputation of the University.
  • Coordinate and conduct pro-active prospect research and/or media monitoring activities and analyze data to support UR programs and initiatives:
    • Researching key alumni, identifying event participants, prospects for awards or honorary degrees and identify potential noteworthy individuals for further engagement.
    • Collect and analyze data on target markets, environment, or competition to provide a better understanding of these groups.
  • Collaborate and provide expertise to UR partners on policies and procedures to support and enable effective use of the alumni and donor database:
    • Support prospect and donor management for the university by contributing to creation and implementation of prospect management process and policy.
  • Coach UR partners on the use of modules and reports within the alumni and donor database that relate to prospect information and management.
  • Contribute to creation, implementation, and monitoring of procedures for data entry and maintenance related to prospect information and updates, as well as market research and analytics.

Education: A relevant undergraduate degree with a research emphasis (preferably Social Sciences, Business or Library Science) and/or appropriate training and experience in a related field. A graduate degree would be a definite asset.

Experience: Three or more years’ experience in market research, preferably prospect research. Experience in data collection and analysis is required. A thorough familiarity with internet search engines as a research tool and extensive experience with computers, and electronic databases. A high proficiency in Word, Excel, and statistical software is necessary. Campaign and/or fundraising experience is highly desirable. Membership in the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) would be considered an asset. Understanding of privacy legislation is also an asset.


  • Intellectual curiosity and an inquisitive nature
  • Demonstrated integrity and ability to handle highly confidential information
  • Detail oriented with excellent analytical skills
  • Good organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage and prioritize several projects simultaneously
  • Proven ability to take initiative, meet deadlines and willingness to take on challenges
  • Strong interpersonal, communication (both written and verbal), public speaking, presentation and negotiating skills with an exceptional customer service orientation
  • The ability to lead through influence rather than direction
  • The ability to work well independently and collaboratively within a team environment
  • A good understanding of financial principles
  • Knowledge of the Canadian and regional business scene
  • The ability to understand information systems as well as learn and use software programs
  • A commitment to professional ethics

Initiative – This position requires the incumbent to act in a proactive manner, identifying new prospects and relationships and to notify the appropriate development officers.   Be willing and open to change and adaptive to evolving processes and systems.

Problem Solving – The complexity of the position in terms of multiple projects, many contacts, the interpersonal nature of the work, and the potential for ethical challenges requires the incumbent to solve problems regularly that are complex in nature. Many situations will require an immediate decision; others will allow for discussion to determine the appropriate measures. Excellent judgement is required to carry out this role.

Leadership Expectations – This position requires demonstrated leadership in providing expert guidance and advice to senior leadership, UR partners, faculty members, and volunteers, on prospective donors, volunteers and alumni.  The incumbent is responsible for meeting exceeding stakeholder expectations/objectives and requirements for UR projects.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Huzefa Rashid at 306-966-8252.  

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.